Total Weight Gain/Loss: I think our scale kicked the bucket since it kept giving me strange numbers. I was only one pound down from my prepregnancy weight last week, I think it's safe to say that I'm at my prepregnancy weight or above now.
- food aversions, specifically protein. Still only eating meat about once a week
- loss of sex drive
- getting winded easier
- super vibrant dreams
- heartburn / acid reflux
- round ligament pains? I have pain in my lower abdomen, kind of near my hip bones when I roll over in bed or stand up after sitting down for a while.
Maternity clothes: All day, every day.
Stretch marks: Nothing new! My stomach itches often, so I need to be more diligent about applying lotion.
Sleep: Some nights are good where I only get up once a night, some nights are pretty terrible where I feel like I pee every hour.
Best moment last week: I forgot to mention this last week, but I emailed the one and only doula in my area, and found out she provides her services for FREE! She does ask that families who can afford it, donate some money so she can go to Africa once a year to be a doula there, which we'll do, if we decide to use her. Our weekends have been super busy lately so we haven't had a chance to meet up, but I'm hoping she'll be a good fit for us.
Movement: This has been a source of worry for me this week. When I first started feeling Breadcrumb move, I felt him at least once an hour. This past week, however, I'm only feeling him in the morning after I eat breakfast, and at night when I'm at my computer at home. I thought maybe he moved more frequently after I eat, but he won't move after I eat lunch or snacks. I haven't totally freaked out yet because I have been feeling him at least once a day, but it's something I'm going to bring up to my OB at my appointment on Thursday.
Food cravings: Water and hot chocolate from the cafe across from my work.
Gender: Our little man!
Labor signs: Zilch, thank goodness.
Belly button? Getting shallower!
What I miss: Coke, and not peeing every hour.
What I am looking forward to: Our baby shower next month where we get to see friends and family. We haven't seen K's family since Thanksgiving and mine since Christmas!
Baby Buys: We went to the last consignment event of the season on Wednesday and made out ok. We got some clothes, as well as another wooden puzzle, a light for the side table in the nursery, and a wooden push bike somewhat similar to the image below, but not name brand. Obviously Breadcrumb won't be able to use it for a while, but it'll be a nice 1st birthday present or Christmas gift later on.
Milestones: Only 2 weeks until viability!
I need to wear something other than this black shirt for pictures!---------
I'll admit, this week has been hard, for numerous reasons, but the biggest reason was my heart rate. Tuesday night,a round 8 pm, I noticed that my heart rate was elevated and I could feel my heart pounding in my chest, like I had just run a long distance. I also developed a headache. I figured I needed sleep, so we went to bed. Unfortunately the problem continued throughout Wednesday. I consulted Dr. Twitter and was urged by a few girls to call my OB just to let them know what was going on. I emailed my doctor's nurse, explained what was going on, and she requested that I take my pulse and blood pressure. Since I was at work, I was unable to get my blood pressure, but I took my pulse numerous times throughout the day, and I got anywhere between 103 and 110 beats per minute.
I emailed back with this information, and the nurse said she had spoken to the doctor that was there that day and he suggested that I go home, lay on my left side, and drink water. Unfortunately I was unable to do this because work was extremely busy that day and Keegan and I had plans for later that night. However, I did lay on my left side and drink water our entire hour drive to our plans, but it didn't help.
The problem continued throughout Thursday, so I emailed the nurse again. My doctor was in that day, and supposedly said that what I was experiencing was normal for pregnancy due to the extra blood flow in my body. Thursday afternoon, I was putting away some artwork at work, (nothing strenuous, no piece weighed over 10 pounds,) and as I was walking, I started to pass out. Thankfully there was a pillar that I could lean against until I felt normal.
The elevated heart rate was so bad on Friday that I considered going into the ER, but I didn't want to be "that patient" freaking out about something normal, so instead, I went to bed around 8. Both the heart rate and headache have continued throughout the weekend, and they will be something I will be talking to my OB in person about at my appointment on Thursday. If this really is "normal," I want an explanation besides "it happens in every pregnancy." I want to know why, and what is considered abnormal so I know what to look out for. I've just felt so off this past week, paired with the fact that Breadcrumb hasn't been moving much, that if I didn't have an appointment coming up this week, I'd call and schedule one.
I'm hoping that this truly is something "normal," but I need some reassurance. I haven't felt this anxious and freaked out about my pregnancy since before the first ultrasound.